About the author

Jody Cooksley is the author of three novels and a writer of all kinds. A trained journalist, Jody’s career has spanned writing in all its forms – media, publishing, PR and communications. She has held Managing Director roles, is a coach and mentor to young women in communications and works with the National Literary Trust as part of her role as Director of External Relations at Cranleigh Schools.

Jody studied literature at Oxford Brookes University and has a Masters in Victorian Poetry. Her debut novel The Glass House is a fictional account of the life of pioneer nineteenth-century photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, praised for ‘capturing the spirit of a remarkable artist’ by Art Historian, Colin Ford CBE. Her second novel, How to Keep Well in Wartime, was hailed as ‘a powerful and finely crafted novel, exploring how we deal with grief, relationships and mental health,’ by author Tracey Iceton. Both are published by Cinnamon Press.

The Small Museum, Jody’s third novel, is a return to the Victorian period that she loves. A dark and gothic tale, it won the 2023 Caledonia Novel Award and she is working to finish a sequel. Author, Tonya Mitchell, called it ‘a startling, bewitching gothic.’ Jody loves dark stories and is drawn to the strange and gothic, stories that are chilling but that also stretch the edges of the imagination. She is a night owl and often writes in the middle of the night, which lends itself to creepy atmospheric writing. Telling women’s stories is also important to her.

Jody is originally from Norwich and drawn to the landscape of the county as a setting for novels. Over the years she has been quite restless, living in Harlow then Oxford and different areas of London, she now lives in Cranleigh with her husband, teenage sons, massive cats and a dangerously high TBR pile.